Brickbats are being fired at digital thinker Chris Anderson, after it was claimed that a number of passages in his new Free: The Future of a Radical Price book were lifted verbatim from Wikipedia.The Virginia Quarterly Review uncovered this, and highlights several examples in this article. None were credited as the work of Wikipedia contributors in the book. Anderson says it’s a cock-up, rather than plagiarism.”All those are my screwups after we decided not to run notes as planned, due to my inability to find a good citation format for web sources,” he says in his response, while promising to publish the correct attributions online.The irony of Anderson cutting and pasting material from a free website into a book being sold for $26.99 won”t be lost on his online detractors, though.

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